SpaceX books private passenger flight around the Moon

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SpaceX announced late Thursday evening that it had penned its first ever private passenger to fly around the moon in its new Big Falcon Rocket (BFR).

SpaceX says it's booked the first private passenger to fly around the moon.

In February 2017, the company said two people had signed a deal to make a trip around the moon aboard SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket.

- Footprints on the Moon - Humans have not set foot on the Moon since the final Apollo mission in 1972, capping an era of United States national pride. However, around the same time, Musk told reporters that his space company had no plans to use the world's most powerful operational launch vehicle for human space travel.

The person's identity will be revealed on September 17, SpaceX. said in a tweet.

The webcast is embedded below.

Musk left a clue possibly regarding the flyer's nationality, tweeting the flag of Japan when asked if it was him that would be going on the trip. Company representatives declined to offer additional details Friday.

On its website, SpaceX is touting the "first passenger on lunar BFR mission", implying there will be more. "That would be on a Dragon 2 spacecraft and a Falcon Heavy rocket, which is due to do its maiden launch this summer".

During a speech in Australia past year, Musk said he was hopeful that the BFR would be able to launch and land at last two cargo ships on Mars by 2022.

Its design was first presented almost a year ago, and the concept boasted a single system that included a booster and a ship that could travel to the moon and Mars.

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